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 Post subject: Opinions on Ithaca 37 Deerslayer smoothbore
PostPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 9:02 am 
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Looking for a point blank-50 yard bear stopper for hiking and camping.Found an older 37 Deerslayer with a Williams peep sight attached to the receiver.Not sure if this is an add on or factory option? It's a smoothbore so I imagine designed for foster slugs. What kind of accuracy can one expect? Harold




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 Post subject: Re: Opinions on Ithaca 37 Deerslayer smoothbore
PostPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 2:27 pm 
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There is only one way to find out.

In general, smooth-bore accuracy is poor, the reason they rifled muskets long ago.

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 Post subject: Re: Opinions on Ithaca 37 Deerslayer smoothbore
PostPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 5:30 pm 
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Pie plate accuracy is about all you should expect....
The DS II RW notes is a shooter..as is my 12 gauge King Ferry Model 87....it shoots hole in hole at 100 yards...pinned rifled barrel...


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 Post subject: Re: Opinions on Ithaca 37 Deerslayer smoothbore
PostPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:46 pm 
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If it has the rifled slug smoothbore barrel it is possible it could shoot cloverleafs at 50 yards. Those barrels were bored undersized at .710 versus .729 and known for pretty decent rifled slug accuracy. If it is just the regular shotgun barrel, then as what the others have said.

I've had best results with WW rifled slugs; others claim similar results with Federal Tru-balls.


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 Post subject: Re: Opinions on Ithaca 37 Deerslayer smoothbore
PostPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 8:29 pm 
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I shoot BPI's Thug Slugs through both my 20 and 12 ga 51 Deerslayers with good results. 2-3" at 50 yards are a piece of cake. Better if I do my part.

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 Post subject: Re: Opinions on Ithaca 37 Deerslayer smoothbore
PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 10:45 am 
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The original smoothbore deerslayer was very accurate with foster slugs. Find out what year it was made, they used to have the whole length of the bore restricted to improved modified I want to say, and then years later made the length of the bore fixed at improved cylinder. If the entire barrel is fixed at IC, I'd use remington sluggers. If fixed at improved modified, I'd use winchester super x. The gun will be as accurate as you are at 50 yards


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 Post subject: Re: Opinions on Ithaca 37 Deerslayer smoothbore
PostPosted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 2:14 pm 
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You might want to try the Brenneke KO or the Classic Magnum shells.


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 Post subject: Re: Opinions on Ithaca 37 Deerslayer smoothbore
PostPosted: Sat Sep 30, 2017 7:41 pm 
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fatjoe wrote:
The original smoothbore deerslayer was very accurate with foster slugs.


Because - the Deerslayer had a reduced internal diameter to match the undersized rifled slugs of the time (1950 to early 1980s). Indeed, Remington was the last of the big three ammo makers to bring out nominal bore diameter Foster type rifled slugs.


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 Post subject: Re: Opinions on Ithaca 37 Deerslayer smoothbore
PostPosted: Sat Oct 07, 2017 7:45 pm 
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Smoothbore slug shooter over 40 years, right gun/slug combo will do clover leafs at 50 yards.

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 Post subject: Re: Opinions on Ithaca 37 Deerslayer smoothbore
PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2018 8:20 pm 
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I have a smooth bore Ithaca 37 deer slayer barrel with rifle sights and have very good accuracy out to about 75 yards with Brenneke KO's and the older felt backed Brenneke slugs. It is mid 70's vintage. I just picked up an Ithaca 51 with a smooth bore slug barrel and so far it shows almost the same preference in slugs as its cousin the model 37. Most of New York state is now open to rifle so when I hunt where the shots will be longer, I carry a rifle.



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